Yuki Kaji’s child made their voice acting debut in the recent Attack on Titan finale. The baby, whose name is not known to the public, voiced the crying child caught in the midst of the Rumbling. The crying can be heard around the 28th-minute mark. The idea for this came from the “inheritance” theme in the story, as Yuki Kaji voices the protagonist of the story, Eren Yeager.
Kaji and his partner Ayana Taketatsu announced the birth of their firstborn last November. The scenes were recorded before the baby’s birthday, meaning they weren’t even one year old at the time.
The anime finished its 10-year run earlier this month with an 85-minute special episode. It adapted the manga of the same name by Hajime Isayama, serialized in Bessatsu Shonen Magazine from 2009 to 2021. The manga ended in April of 2021 after 139 chapters, compiled into 34 volumes. The final, 34th volume came out in June 2021. The manga received an anime adaptation by WIT Studio in 2013. Season 2 came in 2017, followed by the third season which was split into two cours. The first cour aired in the summer of 2018, while the second one started in April of 2019. Studio MAPPA took over the franchise for the 4th season, which was titled Attack on Titan Final Season. It started airing in December of 2020 and had a total of 16 episodes. After it finished airing in March of 2021, Part 2 was announced. Attack on Titan Final Season Part 2 started in January of last year and was followed by a 60-minute Attack on Titan The Final Season: The Final Chapters special in March of this year.
Over the years, Kaji often spoke about how much voicing has meant to him. He recently revealed that he wrote lines for Eren’s “interview” with the NHK after Hajime Isayama requested it. “In particular, I feel that the words “fight” and the way he perceives the concepts of “family” and “professionalism” are very close to me.” he wrote at the time, stating that he felt lucky to have met Eren. He changed his profile picture on Twitter/X to a bird, which in the Attack on Titan fandom symbolizes Eren.
©Hajime Isayama, Kodansha/”ATTACK ON TITAN” The Final Season Production Committee